Despite the chemical jargon and technical data, Brown remains a gothic novelist who is best when sending his characters to grope through mazy architectural spaces, his personal versions of Northanger Abbey or Hogwarts Academy.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 08 2017

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Jones is above all concerned with the military exploits of the order, and he gives us plenty of blood and guts shed under its piebald flag.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Oct 06 2017

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...perhaps most amazing for a book in this genre—there's intelligent wit and wordplay with a notable lack of punnery. It's very, very good, and it reaffirms Pratchett's status as an author who is arguably too damn good for his chosen field.

AV Club

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 27 2017

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Indeed it feels like only one conceivable future, and not the worst imaginable: It’s a better organized, more utopian and also more totalitarian society than any we have yet created.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 26 2017

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The sparring scene between Venom and Holly was a great illustration of those differences, and of how Venom understood Holly better than anyone else did. I appreciated that she was able to reciprocate that understanding, and made him feel accepted and loved in a way that he hadn’t before.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 26 2017

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Instead of recuperating, Clinton has opted for a re-enactment of a remote past. Her book grows fat on rosy reminiscences about her childhood baseball games, her first date with Bill, and Chelsea’s breech birth, with victory laps to commemorate her achievements as a “lady lawyer” in Arkansas...

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Sep 18 2017

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Lagercrantz has all the elements of the Millennium series at his disposal, but the adrenaline is missing: it feels as if one has gone to a restaurant, ordered a rare steak and been served soggy fish fingers instead.

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Sep 13 2017

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In prose as lush as the verdant California coastline on which he has set his novel, and which he clearly knows in intimate detail, Gabriel Tallent reveals the hard reality of life for Turtle Alveston.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 05 2017

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The book is subtitled What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are and it’s a polished display of some of the early fruits of “big data” science. Its principal defect, perhaps, is that it doesn’t say enough about how many of these fruits are rotten.

Guardian

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Aug 17 2017

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If journalism is the first rough draft of history, Green’s draft serves primarily as a chronology. It details the relationship between Bannon and Trump without giving satisfactory reasons for why it works… and for how long it will continue.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 06 2017

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The book is an attempt to see fat in its complexity, its contrariness – as potentially more than a physical problem to be overcome. And although Gay regrets she is unable to go as far as the campaigners who rejoice in their size, she does want us to rethink what fatness can mean.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 30 2017

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As a romance, Come Sundown is a little thin. Maybe a C+/B- in terms of readerly romantic satisfaction. As a thriller/general fiction book however, it rates at least a B+. So, I’m going with a B for the overall grade. It’s hard to read parts of this book but Alice made it totally worth it.

Dear Author

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 27 2017

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Among much else she has highlighted the cruelties of the caste system, the plight of tribal peoples in India and elsewhere, dam projects that displace thousands of villagers, corruption in government, and the horrors of India’s policy in Kashmir.

Washington Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 06 2017

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For everyone else, those who know these works and those who don’t, “We Were Eight Years in Power” is a brilliant summation of Coates’ essential philosophies, confirming something else we should already know — we’re witnessing greatness.

Star Tribune

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 06 2017

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Manhattan Beach is more linear than Goon Squad or The Keep. But it has the same knack for drawing readers into the characters' minute and painful complications, and the same habit of treating time both as a narrative playground and as a looming hazard.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Oct 05 2017

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But perhaps it’s no accident that this epic feels so vital and fresh. Sleeping Beauties comes fuelled by a youthful vigour that King Sr hasn’t shown us in years – probably not since 2008’s Duma Key. He appeared to have lost interest, dozed off, when maybe all he required was his son’s intervention.

Guardian

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Sep 26 2017

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Wright's insight on this point is just one of the many truths in his delightfully personal, yet broadly important, new book Why Buddhism Is True.

NPR

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 26 2017

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The magic of this novel lies in its power to implicate all of its characters — and likely many of its readers — in that innocent delusion. Who set the little fires everywhere? We keep reading to find out, even as we suspect that it could be us with ash on our hands.

NY Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 25 2017

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The Scott twins may not be great writers, but they are an example of a very real phenomenon: guys who are born lucky...where you get the feeling something was always going to break well for them, in part because of all those advantages, but also because they were going to keep trying things until it did.

NPR

Rating Below average

Reviewed on Sep 15 2017

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A Legacy of Spies brings it all back, as fresh and as rancid as ever, in a tale that shows the master in the full vigour of his old mastery.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Sep 07 2017

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Bowden revisits the historic battle with the same character-driven, grunt-level reporting style that made “Black Hawk Down” a bestseller. He lends a sympathetic ear to surviving soldiers on both sides...

LA Times

Rating Good

Reviewed on Aug 31 2017

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...a sense of urgency is lacking, and rushing in to fill that vacuum is a relaxed penchant for sardonic bloviation. That's perfectly fine, insofar as the book's prospective readers want to imagine themselves bellied up at some musty dive bar with Campbell's garrulous, opinionated storyteller.

NPR

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Aug 15 2017

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Grann’s accomplished and necessary account of injustice, avarice and racist violence, tells a story both old and new.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Aug 03 2017

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Overall, though, the book’s epistemological choreography, as the Merry and Roger meetings are intertwined with the ongoing investigation – involving forensic anthropology, satellite imagery, and on-the-ground detective work – is expertly handled.

Guardian

Rating Good

Reviewed on Jul 27 2017

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...with so many characters, settings and departmental undercurrents to navigate, “The Late Show’s” seams show at times...Welcome Renée Ballard to the City of Angels’ crime fighting pantheon. Barring an 8.0 direct hit on the Hollywood station, we will be seeing a lot more of her.

LA Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 21 2017

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If it took an unrealistic connection between science and society to motivate Sapolsky to write “Behave,” that is a small price. His book offers a wild and mind-opening ride into a better understanding of just where our behavior comes from. Darwin would have been thrilled.

NY Times

Rating Above average

Reviewed on Jul 06 2017

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